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Lindsey Wilson's Carol Siqueira named Player of the Year, Knudsen Freshman of the Year and Cavins Coach of the Year at MSC Volleyball Awards Banquet
Next: The Blue Raider Volleyball team opens play in the Mid-South Conference Play SC Tournament quarterfinal round tonight, Thu 12 Nov 2015 at 8pmCT at South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road (campus), Bowling Green, KY, when they face the winner of Shawnee State (Ohio)/ Pikeville (KY) match.

By Charles Balcom, Lindsey Wilson College
News from Lindsey Wilson College

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Carol Siqueira is the Mid-South Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, Ragni Knudsen is the MSC Freshman of the Year and Andy Cavins is the MSC Coach of the Year, conference officials announced on Wednesday night, November 11, 2015 at the MSC Volleyball Awards Banquet held at the National Corvette Museum.

Siquera leads the Blue Raiders with 387 total kills, which is the fourth-most in MSC. The do-it-all outside hitter is averaging 3.8 kills per set, the second-most in the conference. Her hitting percentage (.245) and digs per set (3.1) are both the 10th-highest in the conference. The senior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has also accumulated 22 service aces, 48 blocks and 317 digs, the second-most on the team.

Siqueira’s award marks the third year in a row a Blue Raider has received the conference player of the year honor. Siqueira joins former Blue Raider Kailey Moorhead (2013) and teammate Yeniffer Ramirez (2014) as honorees.

Knudsen is one of two Blue Raiders to appear in all 113 sets this season for Lindsey Wilson. The outside hitter from Myre, Norway has racked up 339 kills, the second-most on the team and the 10th-most in the MSC to go along with her 82 digs and 56 blocks. Her 3.0 kills per set and .263 attacking percentage are both the seventh-highest in the conference.

It marks the fourth-straight season that a Blue Raider has received the MSC Freshman of the Year honor. Knudsen joins Courtney Doyle (2012), Alexa Just (2013) and Makenzie Montano (2014) as past recipients.

Cavins picks up his second-straight Coach of the Year honor after also garnering the award last season. He led the Blue Raiders to the MSC regular-season title for the third-consecutive season and has Lindsey Wilson currently ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Blue Raiders are 30-3 on the year, which gives Cavins his fifth, 30-win season in five years at Lindsey Wilson. He holds a record of 162-31 at LWC and is 69-6 in MSC regular-season matches.

A total of six Blue Raiders were selected to the all-conference teams, including four first team and two second team selections. The MSC First Team award winners include Knudsen, Siqueira, Montano and Carolynne Silva. Madison Molitor and Caitlyn Tino both earned spots on the MSC Second Team.

Montano also played all 113 sets this season. The sophomore setter has 1,171 assists on the year, the third-most in the MSC, while her 10.4 assists per set tops the MSC rankings. The Louisville, Ky., native has the third-most kills (194) and digs (296) on the team, while adding a team-high .457 attacking percentage. It marks the second-consecutive season that Montano has earned a spot on the first team.

The sophomore middle blocking duo of Silva and Molitor both earned an all-conference selection in their first year with the Blue Raiders. Silva received an MSC First Team mention and has 190 kills and a .352 attacking percentage with a team-high 90 blocks, the fourth-most in the conference. Molitor, who earned a spot on the MSC Second Team, has 143 kills and a .318 attacking percentage while her 66 blocks are the second-most on the team and fourth-most in the MSC.

Tino was the final Blue Raider to earn an all-conference spot, picking up second team honors. The libero has 412 total digs on the year, which leads Lindsey Wilson and ranks eighth in the MSC. Her 4.16 digs per set is the fourth-best in the conference. She has 24 service aces to go along with .952 passing efficiency.

The entire Blue Raider squad helped lead Lindsey Wilson to a .291 hitting percentage on the year which leads the conference and is the fifth-highest in the NAIA. The Blue Raiders are also the top team in the MSC in kills per set at 13.9, which is the seventh-most in the nation.

Lindsey Wilson’s four MSC First Team selections are the most from a single institution and the six overall team selections ties with Georgetown for the most all-conference selections.

Georgetown’s Courtney Grafton was named Libero of the Year and Cumberlands’ (KY) Sydney Beck was named the Champion of Character.

This story was posted on 2015-11-12 03:46:39
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